Ford Escape owners have reported 32 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Escape based on all problems reported for the Escape.
We took vehicle in for recall repairs at Ford dealer. When we drove it home on city street at 35 mph the rear of the car started shaking and transmission fault light came on. The dealer said it was a bad rear drive shaft bearing. It needs to be repaired as it is a safety issue and could cause an accident when driving. The cost of repair was $500. After the repair we drove it home on city street at 40 mph the transmission fault light came back on. Ford dealer said it could be a shift solenoid repair for $500 if that does not work it would be a torque converter repair at a cost of $3500. It needs to be done as it is a safety issue and could cause an accident when driving. The car has 40000 miles and is in excellent condition.
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TSB 07-5-6 torque converter and solenoid failed at 96000 miles and had to be replaced. Happened existing the freeway and stalled in traffic.
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The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving 45-55 mph the power system assist failure light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the torque sensor needed to be replaced. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v2840000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. However, the contact was made aware that the vehicle had been previously serviced under the recall and was no longer eligible for any repairs. The approximate failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.
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My wife was on her way to work when the vehicle started to slow and stutter. When she got to work she wasn't able to shift from drive to reverse without the vehicle cutting off. While on the interstate the vehicle almost shut down but according to her slowed way down. After work she had to cruse through all the stop signs and stop lights for fear the vehicle would stop. She made it home and that was it. I couldn't get the vehicle to go from no gear to and gear without shutting itself off. We did some research and thought it might be a shift sensor. We ended up calling the Ford house (arrow Ford, abilene, TX. ). They towed the vehicle and I got a call later saying it was a bad torque converter. It was going to be $2,400. 00 for the repair. I researched the internet and found that there is no recall and this is a common problem, (a design flaw if you will). We take care of the vehicles and don't abuse our vehicles.
Check engine light has been on since the beginning of 2014, always for the same code p0741. Car does not drive properly at highway speeds as the torque converter does not lock up as intended. This in turn causes much lower fuel ecomony than the vehicle is capable and advertised to get. (23. 5 hwy actual, should get 29-30 mpg) car has been in to Ford 5 times and the problem has not been resolved. Sent Ford a last chance letter prior to the ast repair attempt. This attempt was scheduled by Ford so one of the engineer experts could evaluate it. After they fed us a complete line of hogwash about an air bubble in the cooling system, they told us it was fixed. 70 miles after this visit, light is back on (same code) and mpg is still terrible. To top it off the coolant is leaking on the floor in garage and car runs rougher and has nealy stalled at intersections multiple times (with my 2 yr old duaghter in the car) clearly they are incapable of repairing but informed us they will do nothing else.
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The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving 5 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact stated there were no warning indicators illuminated when the failure occurred. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. However, after test driving the vehicle the technician stated that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 122,500.
While accelerating on the interstate, vehicle approached 50 miles an hour when it felt like the transmission was about to fall out of the vehicle. After talking with a lot of people and doing research, they call this shudder. It fills like when you drive off the edge of the interstate white line and hit the rough pavement. It would stop if I let up off the gas. I have no check engine light or transmission light showing on the dashboard. No error codes when the code reader was hooked up on the vehicle. This vehicle has already been to the dealership twice for this issue. The first time we had all of the gaskets and vacuum hoses replaced cost was over 1400 dollars. The second time we had the whole transmission serviced by the dealership over 700 dollars along with other items. The dealership has still not been able to identify the cause for the problem. There was a tech bulletin that came out a while back on the cd4e shudder problem and appears that NHTSA should force Ford to do a recall on Ford Escapes for the shudder problem they have since the tech bulletin has come out and no solution has been done. All the research I have done seems to point to the torque converter which is not an easy fix and is costly. There needs to be a recall on this.
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Now that it is colder out, my car has gone from overheating to misfiring from the defective cac/torque converter in this car. I've noticed that the misfiring does not show up on the check engine light or was able to be read by my obd reader. Misfiring can ruin the catalytic converter and cause emission issues. It is illegal in California (where I'm a resident) to not follow the obd ii protocol for reporting emission problems since we have this inspected for registration. When my car has overheated, only Ford was able to pull the code & I also didn't get a check engine light. It's apparent now that Ford has rigged the obd in this car so that only they can retrieve codes. Misfiring is easy for you to replicate to verify my statement. Unplug one cylinder, start the car, see if you get a flashing check engine light and a p030x code.
Purchased used in Jan 2013, immediately had trouble shifting and wouldn't go in reverse. Rpms revved up like it couldn't shift to the next gear. Brought it back to the dealer, no codes but a TSB 12-6-12 and 11-9-9 covered both and the pcm was reprogrammed. It still shifted hard but I got used to it. It started getting really bad again in may 2013. No codes, no check engine light and I checked the system information and nothing was flagged. It would chug and then die while idling. At a stoplight on a 55 mph highway, it stalled. Engine started up but as soon as it was put into drive it would make a loud grinding noise and stall. I didn't have any warning. I was at a stoplight at a very busy intersection and there was no where safe to push the truck to the side. I waited 30 terrified minutes for the tow truck hoping no one would slam into me. Towed it to the closest dealer where they had to write to the hotline to check since it was only 2 years old. First told it was a valve body or torque converter failure. Metal was found in the valve body and solinoid screens and the whole transmission needed to be replaced. And because it had 71,000 miles it wasn't covered under warranty.
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While driving in light traffic on the interstate freeway, just coming over a hill, the engine lost power. Multiple power loss surges and the engine light came on so the Ford Escape was allow to coast down hill to the next exit ramp. Once at the bottom of the off ramp, the ignition was turned off and a tow truck was called. To move the car out of the way, the engine was restarted and it was noticed that another light was also turned on indicating something mechanical (transmission) had also failed. The car was barely able to move in 1st gear to clear the side of the road till the tow truck arrived. Later the mechanic read the trouble codes and said the throttle body failed and the transmission torque converter was seriously damaged. Fortunately the traffic was not heavy and there was opportunity to exit the freeway without crashing.
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At approx. 19,800 miles was driving along the interstate and the Escape started losing power. I went from running 75 mph to 40 mph. The Escape now has approx. 33,000 miles and is a total nightmare. As of April 28, 2013 it has been in the shop for a total of 46 days and has had 8 repair attempts. No warning lights nor the check engine light has ever come on. This Escape clunks, surges, loses power, cut's off and at times will not even crank. The transmissions has been reprogrammed, the throttle body and motor asy - throttle body air intake has been replaced, the vapor management valve has been replaced, the torque convertor has been replaced. Lost in arbitration with the bbb because Ford said in their last repair attempt that the vehicle has operating as normal. June 5, 2013 car was back in shop because at 7:45 am stopped at a red light, while my foot was on the brake the rpm's surged up to 4000, could hardly keep it from running the light, once the light changed took off and within 4 tenths of a mile lost power and shut off. It took me 8 minutes to get it to crank, drove about 15 miles, surging all the way, and the car died again, taking me 10 minutes to get it to crank. Took the car back to the shop, they kept it for 7 days, returned it and said they could not duplicate problem. June 20, 2013 tried to crank the car at 10:00 am, it would crank, but go dead, finally at 11:10 am it stayed cranked, drove at 3 tenths of a mile, car goes dead. Takes me 5 minutes to re-crank went straight to the shop. This car is dangerous and Ford needs to re-call.
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the torque converter was cracked and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was 90,000.
We had a problem with the transmission from 14000 miles, we reported to dealer and they never noted it in there computer. . We complained 6 times with it only got put in the computer at the dealer twice. . Finally after it ran out of warranty, it almost killed our whole family. . The trany when we came up to a stop sign coming off the freeway stayed ingaged and through us in to a bunch of traffic, almost causing a he'll of a accident. . We'll it ended up ruining the transmission cause the torque converter locked up and caused it not to disengage. . I ended up spending 3500. 00 and had the dealer put a own rebuilt in. Later I found out Ford had 4 updated torque converters. . Why was there not a recall when it almost kills people. . I am very frustrated with everything that has went on with this vehicle. . I am will to join any kind of lawsuit over getting the government to take more avasive move to help and protect the consumer, instead of helping these big companies bend people over. . We pay a lot of money for these vehicles, and we get treated like dirt. .
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My Escape only had 65000 miles on it when we started to have issues with the transmission. While driving the torque converter went out , and the clutch pack went bad. I ended up having to replace the transmission and torque converter. The mechanic I spoke with told me that there was an issue with the clutch pack in the transmission and mine was one of many he has seen with the same issues. No more than 6 months later the transmission is slamming in to gear and shifting hard. We had it looked at and the mechanic said we will need to have the transmission replaced. Ford denied any claim to issues with the transmission and refuses to help.
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Our 2005 Ford Escape was purchased new in may 2005. It has been serviced by Ford technicians at Ford dealerships every 5,000 miles, including a recommended transmission flush last year. On a cross country trip, the SUV's transmission exhibited a problem Ford motor company (fmc) knows as engine stalling on engagement/stopping. According to a service bulletin dated March 19, 2007, suvs with this faulty transmission "exhibit an engine stall when coming to a stop or when engaging the engine into drive or reverse. The condition may be intermittent and often occurs after extended drives. There may be no diagnostic codes stored. This may be cause by internal wear in the torque converter which prevents it from locking. " this exact failure caused us to be stranded in dangerous heat conditions for hours as we waited for help. However, fmc has known about this problem transmission since 2007, yet as an owner of a car less than two years old, I was never told about it. If I had been informed, I would have taken it years ago for repair prior to going on an extended trip and putting my family in danger. Instead, fmc knowingly allowed vehicle owners to drive with this faulty transmission. Ford-certified tech's failed to diagnose the problem even though they were given the exact symptoms and the potential problem, the torque converter. After techs told me the transmission was fine, the stall occurred repeatedly until total failure just over 1,200 miles later, again, stranding my family on the highway. I became aware of the fault only after a search of other drivers who experienced the same problem. Fmc behaved negligently in failing to inform customers like me, likely to shield itself from costly repairs. In 2007, my car only had 24,500 miles??well within warranty limits. A recall for vehicles of this model year should be ordered and I should be refunded cost of repair.
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that an unknown fluid was leaking from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the torque converter became cracked and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 63,085 and the current mileage was 80,000.
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The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While stopped at a traffic stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician stated that the torque converter would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 67,064. Updated 02/15/bf updated 03/16/12.
Vehicle transmission problem - there was no indication of a transmission problem until it completely quit at 75,000 miles. Towed vehicle to the dealership and was told the torque converter came apart and filled the transmission with metal. I declined service at the dealership since they wanted too much money to repair or replace the transmission. An extended warranty was purchased at the time vehicle was purchased which was good for 72 months or 75,000 miles. The vehicle had exactly 75,700 miles when transmission went out and was told warranty would not cover the repair expenses. Vehicle was towed to an independent transmission shop for repairs.
2008 Ford Escape, broke down in the middle of intersection. Did get it moved out of way of traffic. But it was due to a failure in the torque converter. And, after 7 weeks and finding out that it is actually a recall and Ford stated that they will not notify owners of the vehicles, but just if it happens to replace it. Not everyone could be so lucky as me to get out of imminent danger! when this goes out, the vehicle dies when the vehicle slows down.
While driving our 2006 Ford Escape, on christmas eve, it began running extremely rough with banging, clanking and grinding noises, bucking, and jumping, with an apparent odor of gear fluid entering the vehicle. The engine light did not illuminate. , and the on dash board computer system didn't report any problems, when checked. We drove it home and then to a transmission repair place, where they took the transmission apart . The transfer case was filled with metal shavings and the gears were completely stripped. The torque converter is bad and also has to be replaced. We were informed that it would have been extremely unsafe for the Escape to be driven any longer in this condition, and parts were actually banging into one another and could have fallen onto the ground. We are having the transmission repaired, and a used transfer case in good condition is being installed in it. This vehicle is called an all wheel drive vehicle, but the 4-wheel drive system has never been engaged. The vehicle has never been used to tow anything, and has just 51,287 miles on it.
Taking off at a light, my 2005 Ford Escape jerked back and starting making a grinding sound. My Escape does have a lot of miles on it (94,000) to be exact. It was no longer drivable, when put in drive or reverse it would thrust my car backward and forward profusely. Inevitably, I had my car towed to a shop they concluded that my torque converter had blown up and all the pieces from the converter were sucked into the filter causing my trans to lock up, therefore costing me $2200 to fix. I understand that it has a lot of miles on it however, I was googling trying to look for some help as I am 19 years old and don't have that kind of money and I came across a website with over 200 entries from different people about their transmissions in their Ford Escapes. You all need to look into this because a transmission is not cheap and I need a reliable car.
I have a 2004 Ford Escape XLT w/ 60000 miles. It required a torque converter replacement as part of the transmission shifting problem. Why isn't this listed as a recall item/ online it appears there have been several transmission failures for this vehicle. All vehicles, including mine have been well maintained. This vehicle and those in online reports indicate very similar failures. This seems to be a manufacturing deficit/ fault. This transmission problem should be a recall/replacement item!.
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The torque converter has failed due to driving my car on numerous long trips. TSB 07-5-6 describes the exact problem and fix. It occurred twice and now the transmission must be removed and the torque converter replaced for $1800. My car is only 3 years old.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. After accelerating from a stop sign, the vehicle would not accelerate past 40 mph and began vibrating uncontrollably. The contact activated the cruise control once the vehicle reached 60 mph and the vibrating ceased. Approximately 30 miles later, he was able to find a Ford dealer and they performed a diagnostic. The contact was informed that the torque converter was defective. The mechanic could not duplicate the failure and the vehicle has not been repaired. The vehicle was driven to a dealer near the contact's residence. The mechanic stated that they would not be able to replace the torque converter because they could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer stated that they were not liable for the repairs. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 7,100 and failure mileage was 4,800.
After traveling for 3 hours on highway the very first stop I came to, my car stalled. I restarted it and it stalled upon putting it back into drive (manual transmission). It stalls now upon any stop from driving and when in drive and upon moving into a reverse from a parked position. I found out that there is a problem on this car with the torque converter remaining in locked position after cruising at highway speeds. Ford asked me to take it to a dealership to be diagnosed. I did and the service advisor told me that there was no way that could be the problem. After 3 hours of inspection he said that was the problem. For customer service got involved and tried to force me to do my completely unrelated maintenance with them in exchange to fix the transmission that they know failed, saying they needed some "loyalty" from me. They then sent me out in what they said was an unsafe vehicle. They then called me back and tried to tell me they wanted me to pick up approx. $682 of the $1815. They know that this is a problem with this transmission and are holding me hostage to replace.
Transmission failure at 65k miles. Trans fluid flushed by Ford @ 30k miles. Car is less than 3 years old and almost every mile is on a flat easy interstate highway. I asked for assistance, Ford told me to go fly a kite. I also informed Ford that they lost an entire family's future purchases of any Ford product / service.
O/d off light began flashing. Apparently, the torque converter failed and the entire transmission had to be replaced. Car was only 4 years old with 53000 miles. If I didn't have an extended warranty, the repairs would have cost over $3000. Apparently, this same problem exists on the 2002 Ford explorer as well.
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Transmission in my Ford Escape XLT has had a vibration for 2 years or so and I just found out that the torque converter is now bad! I spoke with a friend at apple Ford in lynchburg virginia and he told me that the factory recommends a fluid flush first and it didn't fix the problem! torque converter must be replaced! it seems like to me that the factory is definitely trying to patch the problem by flushing the system and using a new type of transmission fluid to mask the problem so the car is out of warranty before the torque converter fails again!.
The consumer owns a 2001 Ford Escape that experienced a transmission failure. While driving on the highway at 55 mph the overdrive light flashed. The consumer exited the highway and was stopped at a red light. When the light turned green the vehicle revved, but would not move forward. The transmission would not shift. The consumer was able to engage second gear and drive 10 miles home. The vehicle was shaking or lurching back and forth on the drive home. The vehicle was taken to a dealership where a diagnostic check was performed and suggested a new transmission. The dealer could offer no explanation other than it may be the torque converter. This happened at 71,000 miles. This was the second transmission. The exact same thing had happened at 49, 000 miles. The consumer split the cost with Ford with the first transmission. The second transmission has not been replaced. The consumer was negotiating with Ford about the problem.
(oct. 2003)torque converter failed and had to be replaced around 21,850 mi. Under warranty and replaced by dealer. (Mar 2005) torque converter failed and had to be replaced again around 38,000 mi. Replaced by dealer at a discount to me. Ford only guarantees torque converter for 12 mo. Or 12,000 mi. Should it fail again, estimated cost of repair will be around $1,000.
At 50,000, the transmission began to shudder. I found out why on Escape-central, and then proceeded back to the dealership. They informed me that they do not have the machine to perform the flushing, and to try somewhere else. Wasted day one. I went to another Ford dealership, and wasted a morning there before they told me that they did not have one either, and that I should try a Lincoln Mercury dealer. I finally got fed up and contacted the local Mazda dealer, who had the machine and was more than will to take my $150. 00. He did not perform the oasis change though. All was good, and the Escape ran great. At 58000, the transmission shudder reappears. I take it back to dealer one, who informs me they cant see any problem. One week later, I bring it back in saying that it is most certainly there. I get to take out the transmission expert for a test drive, and recreate the problem. He says yup, thats the torque converter problem . all the cars we make with that transmission have that problem at some point or another. as he explained it basically water is attracted to the plate in the torque converter, and any moisture in the system causes it to shudder. I ask the logical question of what should I do about it . His response is that he would rather cut off his two arms than replace the torque converter. 12 hours of labor on top of the ~$300 part. He suggests I get it flushed again and see if that helps. Back to Mazda&. I have the flush done at Mazda last week and they ask about the TSB oasis update. I said that it wasnt done, and they perform the update and flush the Escape. My Escape now runs worse than it did before, and the shudder happens when both locking and unlocking the torque converter. It actually shakes the change in my cupholders.
At over drive shifting ,the transmission "chatters"when the car reaches about 2000 rpm. To upshift. This happens at any speed. Problem seems to be torque converter pressure is not enough to engage the higher gear. Ford dealer recommended transmission fluid change to fix the problem , but it still exists. I asked another repair dealership what it could be ,they recommend changing the torque converter,the fluid change will not correct the problem. They need to go back on the day it was still covered under warranty and replace the torque converter under warranty.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Power Train problems||
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||
|Transmission Fluid Leaking problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Vehicle Shudder problems||
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||
|Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems||
|Noises During Shifting problems||